Hunter Renfroe traded to Angels

ANAHEIM — Angels basic supervisor Perry Minasian made it clear at the yearly GM Meetings on Nov. 15 that contributing to the outfield would be a concern for the club this offseason, regardless of having Mike Trout, Taylor Ward, Jo Adell and Mickey Moniak on the lineup.

The Angels achieved that objective on Tuesday, as they obtained experienced outfielder Hunter Renfroe from the Brewers in exchange for right-handers Janson Junk and Elvis Peguero and lefty Adam Seminaris. Renfroe, 30, is coming off a strong season with the Brewers that saw him slash .255/.315/.492 with 29 homers, 23 doubles and 72 RBIs in 125 video games. He played 118 video games in best field and has actually mainly played that position throughout his seven-year profession, although he does have experience in left field too.

Angels get: OF Hunter Renfroe
Brewers get: RHP Janson Junk, RHP Elvis Peguero, LHP Adam Seminaris

“Obviously, it’s a productive player who has done it year in and year out for a while,” general manager Perry Minasian said. “Not only can he produce on the offensive side, he’s a quality defender who can really throw. He’s just the total package. We felt like he was a really good fit for us.”

Minasian stated owner Arte Moreno has actually continued to enable him to run “business as usual” regardless of Moreno perhaps checking out a sale of the group.

“I’d like to thank ownership for allowing me to pursue this,” Minasian stated. “We’ve been really active and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. We addressed the rotation early, were able to address the infield. It’s been a crazy 10 to 12 days, but now, we are able to address the outfield with a quality guy, so we’re really excited.”

Renfroe figures to be a routine in the outfield together with Trout and Ward, with Adell and Moniak supplying depth. Known for his power and strong tossing arm in the outfield, Renfore has actually slashed .240/.300/.490 with 157 homers, 131 doubles and 394 RBIS in 701 video games in 7 seasons with the Padres, Rays, Red Sox and Brewers.

Renfore has actually struck a minimum of 25 homers in each of the last 5 years (not counting the reduced 2020 season) and the Angels frantically require offense after ending up 25th in the Majors in runs scored in 2015.  

“I think we’re significantly better,” Minasian said. “I don’t think the work is done. There’s definitely areas where we can continue to improve. But I do think we’re significantly better.” 

Adell and Moniak are now anticipated to contend for a backup outfield function throughout Spring Training. Moniak is the only left-handed player of that group. There likewise stays an opportunity the Angels might trade Adell this offseason, although Minasian once again suggested he likes having quality depth. 

“We need everybody, because depth is important and things happen over the course of a year,” Minasian stated. “We feel like they’re really good players. We have some high-end guys and now, we’re trying to fill some of that middle part of our roster with quality.” 

Junk, 26, made 7 looks with the Angels over the last 2 years and had a 4.74 age with 21 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings. He was obtained with Peguero in a trade with the Yankees in 2019 that sent out Andrew Heaney to New York.

Peguero, 25, had a hard time in parts of 2 seasons as a reducer with the Angels, taping a 9.15 age in 19 2/3 innings. Seminaris, 24, had a strong year throughout 3 Minor League levels in 2022, publishing a 3.54 age with 97 strikeouts in 101 2/3 innings.

“It’s tough and pitching is always a premium,” Minasian stated. “I think every team needs it and it’s very desirable. It was tough to trade these players. Obviously, Janson and Elvis were two guys we acquired and we really liked and we’ve seen develop over the last two years. But the opportunity to acquire this type of player who can impact our club on an everyday basis, both offensively and defensively, we felt like it was worth the price.”

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